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Thinking about thoughts

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For those of us that have yet to concentrate our attention on the mastery of “proper” communication via the education system, it is sometimes easiest to express ourselves by simply recording our thoughts as they occur. As this technique is often difficult to interpret, it is an extremely effective way of keeping our thoughts in order. Possible irony exists in that it seems to help when we order our thoughts, however, the very nature of consciousness is likely chaotic, sporadic to say the least. By chaotic I simply mean the concept that contrasts order. It’s easier to understand if you try and eliminate any feelings that you may have tied to the word chaos, disorder, if you will. Thought/idea records may be our best way of venting the build up of energy that results from inhibited, everyday expressions. It seems clear that any type of cognitive reflection involves this! venting process. During meditation, a person attempts to gain the ability to dissolve thoughts as they appear. A clear mind is readily able to recognize the cause of each thought/idea/concept, be it negative or positive, and release the idea, having understood its nature. This feat is accomplished by understanding that there exists a complex system in nature. This system is the synthesis/effect of an undeterminable number of causes, each of which had previously existed as an effect. Simply put, effects spawn effects. This synthesis of causes/reasons creates a reaction/event/effect. The exact combination of causes needed to create any given effect may be undeterminable, however, it is seemingly possible to predict what causes created a particular effect. Considering my theory that certainty may be impossible to attain, it seems that this cause and effect prediction is our best route to understanding. It also seems that the more willing an individual is to respect the varieti! es of the human mind (a.k.a. open mindedness), the more able that individual will be to recognize more causes. It’s like opening doors of perception. Essentially giving that person a better understanding of the nature of a thought or event. This is the goal of introspection and meditation. It should be the goal of every being that is capable of understanding it. In other words, every being that possess the potential to comprehend cause and effect is therefore eligible to attain this enlightenment. Natural equality suggests that every human being is composed of relatively similar physical and mental aspects. This should in turn suggest that every human being possesses the potential to at least be able to sufficiently analyze our own thoughts, and therefore our own actions. Natural uncertainty of the exact causes that create a given effect, hinders my desire to say that we can fully analyze our thoughts and actions. I’ve settled on ‘sufficiently’ in light of that. After the du! st settles on that theory, it is obviously essential to take into consideration the many, human-induced obstacles that we have neatly presented ourselves with. These obstacles, much like natural obstacles, may conform to our will if we can transcend to a level of synchronism with natural energy/goodness.

I might consider the current state of the human condition to be a shameful insult to human potential. Especially if you release the mystics and consider that the basic phenomenal unit of life is energy. If the phenomenal is supported by the ideal, then it might suffice to say that energy is supported by goodness. Then it might be plain to see that the essence of good, or goodness, is the most basic human nature. This might enable us to dissolve the idea that ‘evil’ is the ontological answer to good. Energy has one opposite and that is absence of energy. There is no phenomenal opposite to energy. Therefore, there is no ideal opposite to good (bare in mind that the possibility/chaos theory might suggest that all elements of that argument, or any argument for that matter, are still subject to possibilities). So, equipped with natural goodness flowing all around us, and o! ur potential to sufficiently understand our thoughts and actions, how come life, which seems to be easily affected by our decisions, continues to house inequality and breed ignorance? This is the missing link in our hope for a better tomorrow. The biggest problem is that the answer to our cry for freedom is the effect of an undeterminable number of causes. So not only may we not be able to envision a utopia that’s based on natural equality, we may not be able to fully analyze this effect either, because it may be impossible to know all of the causes of the effect. What a depressing concept, eh? What can we do, you ask? It may, in fact, serve us best to start venting our energy reserves, in the form of dialectic, be it written or orally communicated. That way we might be able to uni-consciously develop our level of understanding. Who knows, causes of this nature may synthesize to create comparable effects that may in turn create a backboard from which we can measure our predi! ctions of the complex system of cause and effect.

Peace,

Derek